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jersey and the president will tour the devastation with the chief executive new jersey chris christy. >> gretchen: when the president comes the city is shut down . the city can't have security detail and anything like that at all. but he will go to new jersey which is your home eric. >> i am trying to figure out why. i get it he wants to see the damage. please come can go and sign the check to help fema to sign over the money . chris christie was on saying that we have gotten acess to the funs we are going to need. i am not sure what touring the sight. >> steve: it is smart politics for the president. there is chris christie helping the people on the jersey shore. it is essentially politically if you talk about it he is coopting one of rom romm's visible surrogate and it is good for chris christie his state will go for barack obama example it is a win, win as the campaign starts today. chris christie was out and shook a lot of hand and a lot of people were waiting to see him there and there he was. watch this. >> you have to see the people that are affected by this. they need to see
by this storm. >> yeah. i don't think we know all that's happened to the jersey shore yet. governor christie is going up in a helicopter and we're going to get our first pictures here this afternoon. we've had reports from point pleasant beach where the beach was essentially taken and spread through the town and then we've heard from atlantic city and seen where the boardwalk was ripped up and so forth. in the middle is long beach island and i haven't seen any reports from long beach island. what happened there is they were on the side of the storm where the water was pushed from the ocean in across the shoreline. farther south, down into maryland and delaware, much of the coast where they had some damage, they didn't have that hard push of water at high tide like good parts of the jersey shore did. so we're very, very fearful there and also on the south shore of long island. we also haven't seen that. so there is much more to learn about just those two areas let alone other areas spread around the northeast. >> and as you point out, the high winds, continuing high winds, and gusts are going
to make landfall in one hour right near us. let me show you a picture. this is chris christie who is affected by this situation. he's speaking very positively of a democratic president. >> i thank the president for his telephone call inquiring about how things were going here and assured him that things were going well. so far he invited me to call him at any time if things are not going well. and so we'll make sure that we do that and appreciate the president's outreach today in making sure that we know that he's watching this and is concerned about the health and welfare and safety of the people of the state of new jersey. >> and, chuck, here's the president himself speaking on this topic of the weather today. here he is, president obama. >> this is going to be a big storm, a difficult storm, and the great thing about america is that when we go through tough times like this, we all pull together. we look out for our friends, our neighbors, and we set aside whatever issues we may have otherwise to make sure that we respond appropriately and with swiftness and that's exactly what
and was greeted by chris christie and they flew over portions in a helicopter of atlantic and cape may county. they saw boardwalks and streets covered and flooded with water and sand. the focus right now is to help those who are victims and others who have been displaced by the lost power from the storm. >> our hearts go out to the families who lost loved ones. it's true because of good preparation, the loss of life was kept lower than it might have been. for the individual families, obviously, their world has been torn a part. >> obviously, i want to thank the president we spent a significant afternoon together surveying the damage. we were in marine one together to show the president that personally. >> reporter: in light of the devastation, the president suspended his presidential campaign activities and the president will resume campaigning tomorrow, which stops in wisconsin, nevada, and colorado. mitt romney campaigned in tampa, florida, with senator marco rubio and jeb bush but mitt romney didn't mention president obama by name, shawn. >> what do you think this is going to do? what sort
donnell in virginia. chris christie in new jersey. even bobby jindal in louisiana. have praised the fact right now there is a close partnership between the white house and the governor's republican and democratic governors. but listen talk about fema. paul ryan, his budget cut -- "new york times" reports this morning. congressional republicans cut 43% out of the primary fema grants that pay for disaster preparedness. remember eric cantor. remember peter, eric cantor, the hurricane struck his district fema wanted to go in there. they wanted more money because of some of the disasters. they asked for more money to deal with the earthquake. even in cantor's district. he said no. we're not going to give fema anymore money unless you cut money from healthcare, you know. so they've been -- anti-disaster relief and again, mitt romney who wants to give it to the states, get rid of fema, put it in the hands of the state or maybe the private sector. can you imagine, can you imagine with this hurricane hitting the coast like new jersey or
with governor chris christie to tour parts of new jersey. >>> airports in the new york area are beginning to resume some nights but look at this. this is la guardia airport under water. a bird's eye view there you can see shows flooded runways. new york, of course, the main transfer hub for international flights and millions of passengers around the world are stranded. >>> sandy may have come and gone now but her impact will be felt for months. >> new fears of more flooding as another high tide is expected along the potomac river in just a few hours. melanie alnwick is live there now with an update on these flooding concerns. >> good morning. a coastal flood warning remains in effect until 2:00 p.m. friday so that means even more flooding could come, not just here to old town alexandria but to areas all along the tidal area. so we are talking about washington, d.c., georgetown waterfront and even prince george's county as well. so here in alexandria, this is something they've been through many, many times. they are used to flooding here. yesterday, let's take a look at some of the picture
the monster storm sandi. he will tour the damage with governor chris christie and thank the first responders. he visited the american cross headquarters and vowed america will get through this. >> this is a tough time for a lot of people millions of folks across the eastern sea board, but america is tough. and we are tougher because we pull together we leave nobody behind. we make sure that we respond as a nation. >> he wanted to visit new york city but mayor michael bloomberg said thanks but no thanks. he said now is not the time for the president to visit. mitt romney will head to florida with senate candidate ronny mac. he will head to ohio to help those in need. >> we have heavy hearts with major suffering going on in a part of our country. part of the american spirit the american way to give to people who are in need and your generosity this morning touches my heart and i appreciate what you have done. >> we are in the home stretch less than a week. 6 days left until the election. >>> new developments emerging in the benghazi terror attack. fox news sources confirming a tunisian man arr
a briefing in just a bit from the president and governor christy. we'll have that whits available here on c-span which we're going to take you live to florida. here is the live look at the scene. vice president biden has three appearances campaign appearances, a couple in fla la and ohio today. and we will take you live to the biden event once it gets started. we'll have it live for you here on c-span. in the meantime from this morning washington journal a discussion about the october surprise. host: we turn our attention now to the history of the october surprise. the event or events that happen before an election. reid wilson is the editor and chief of the hot line. you wrote this piece october surprises hit up and down. what you wrote is the october surprises a long storied and mostly exaggerated history. so why do we have october surprises? what are they? >> well this notionguest: this t minute big motion -- big moment that changes the trajectory of a race started in 1972, when henry kissinger said a couple of days before the election that there was a possibility of peace in the vietnam
of atlantic city and new jersey governor chris christie. christie felt the mayor didn't take the warning seriously enough, didn't pass it on to the residents of atlantic city to get out, and he told them if you haven't gotten out at that point, stay. chris christie said that was the wrong thing to do. we spoke to the mayor on anderson's show and he said the governor doesn't know what he's talking about. people are hunk erg down. four to five people in shelters here in atlantic city. the gusts just whipped up around me right now. while the water levels are receding, we're still getting the back end of the storm. all indications are we have at least an hour more of this to go before it starts to settle down and move to other parts of the region. philadelphia, 60 miles west of me, has still got to see the worst of it. they're still expecting flooding in low-lying areas in philadelphia. that's the situation in atlantic city right now, erin. >> ali velshi, thank you. we're able to hear alli. in an hour or so ago, that was not the case, you could not hear him at all the storm was so bad there.
. >>> coming up, an update on the storm response from new jersey governor chris christie. we'll also talk to chris matthews and david brooks about the state of the election with just seven days to go. >>> plus, author of the best-selling book "the perfect storm" will be here with his thoughts on yesterday's super storm. up next, mike allen with a top stories in the politico playbook. and we'll continue to bring you updates on the hurricane throughout the morning. keep it here on "morning joe." [ woman ] ring. ring. progresso. i just finished a bowl of your new light chicken pot pie soup and it's so rich and creamy... is it really 100 calories? let me put you on webcan... ...lean roasted chicken... and a creamy broth mmm i can still see you. [ male announcer ] progresso. you gotta taste this soup. introducing the new droid razr maxx hd by motorola. now more than ever droid does. >>> let's take a look at the morning papers at 25 past the hour. "usa today," the total economic impact from the storm is expected to reach $40 billion from everything from property damage to lost economic activity
, and it has been what has been so exasperated for governor chris christie who had been warning people along these areas, even those so-called west of the so-called safe side of the east side, the bay area, just go ahead and move much further and land and get back out. many did not. they felt that they were not directly on the ocean and would not be affected. obviously, like a rising tub of water it again, the water base rises whether you're on the bayside, the oceanside, or in between, you are flooded. that is the situation right now in the garden state which is more like a swamp state. ken feinberg to sort of did a gauge of the financial impact of all of this. the mesquite's messier, wind year, louder, we are on edge. because it is all about you. ♪ 4g lte is the fastest. so, which supeast 4g lte service would yochoose, based onhis chart ? don't rush into it, i'm not looking for the fastest answer. viously verizon. okay, i have a different chart. going that way, does that make a difference ? look at verizon. it's so much more than the other ones. so what if we just changed the format alto
, governor cue ono. great things of governor christi saying nice things about president obama. what's with the good will? is it necessity or does it bring together people? >> you have to hope that times like this when you're thrust into the reality of the real work of government, which is about protecting people, saving people, keeping people safe, that that really makes everybody work together, and what you really also have to hope is that that experience will create a little muscle memory so the next time we have an issue that maybe isn't a natural disaster, we'll all remember how we worked so well together and how much better that is for the overall greater good. >> it doesn't always work this way. i mean, you sound very optimistic about what you have watched today, over seen it in the city with the other council members, but i think of john lindsay who basically was laughed out of office after one of these snowstorms, i think of jane bern in chicago, mayor nagin in new orleans. they blew it. >> you don't want ever want this to happen on your watch if you're a mayor or elected of
probably heard the spat going on between new jersey governor chris christie and the mayor of atlantic city. the governor says the mayor didn't do enough to get people to take it seriously about leaving. the bottom line is that the water is all gone. this is where i was standing yesterday. this was waist deep at one point. the water has receded. still a lot of flooding. and we are seeing a number of coast guard overflies that started again at first light this morning around 7:00 am. and they're doing an evaluation of whether or not there need to be rescues. we've not heard of active search and rescues. they are evaluating flooding, seeing who needs help. that's the boredwalk behind me, about three-quarters of a mile down. you can see those red lights. mostly just emergency vehicles around town. no serious damage. there are power outages here in atlantic city, carol. >> i'm sure. ali velshi reporting live from atlantic city, new jersey. >>> we've been telling you all morning long about a breach in a levee in new jersey that has flooded at least four towns. the floodwaters are very deep right
-span. president obama yesterday spent the afternoon with new jersey governor chris christi touring the damage across the state's coast left from hurricane sandy after surveying some of the wreckage and speaking with victims of the storm. both men spoke briefly about the coordination efforts between federal and local officials. >> good afternoon, everybody. thank you-all for coming today. i want to thank the members who are here as well. i want to thank the president. we spent significant afternoon together surveying the damage up and down the new jersey coastline. we were on marine one together, to show the president that personally. we had an opportunity to discuss it at length. then going over to the shelter here, to be able to meet with folks, have them see the president and his concern. the concern all of us have for making sure that things get back to normal as quickly as possible. we have lots of challenges. our challenge now is to get back to normalcy. the things we need to do is make sure we get power restored as quickly as possible. make sure people have clean drinking water and wast
correspondents throughout the region. governor christie of new jersey blasting the mayor of atlantic city for encouraging people to shelter in place. we will try to talk to the mayor a little later on throughout this hour. let's get a sense of where this storm is now and how much longer the worst of it will be lasting. chad? >> we just got breaking news, this just in now. this cyclone, a post-tropical hurricane, is no longer warm. ali velshi told you it got cold. that's the issue. it's not a warm core storm anymore. it's a regular low pressure center. didn't lose any wind, though, still 85 miles per hour. it has now made landfall not that far from cape may courthouse in southern new jersey which would be right there. ali velshi is right here, in the center of that. here's the turnpike from philadelphia right to atlantic city. there's not much wind where ali is because he really is in the eye of the storm. when the eye goes over you, you lose your windfall, you lose your wind speed. the problem with where anderson cooper and rob marciano are, they're now into a new band of weather that wil
. thank you for taking the time to talk to us. >> thank you. >> also joining me now is christy geldart, director of d.c. emergency management agency. it's good to talk to you. the national weather service had been warning up the potomac was seeing some of the worst flooding they've had since '96. what's the situation there? >> yeah, we've seen the waters rising pretty rapidly. we're really paying attention to our high tide time at just after 9:00 tomorrow morning. so we'll see where that crests at. we've been running models all day. it could be a pretty bad situation down along the potomac. >> do you have a sense of the kind of damage that you're going to see once light comes? >> we've got some pretty good estimates coming in. we've got several trees down on major roadways. we've got several houses, about four or five reported so far with trees on the houses, themselves. major roadways and intersections out of power. we haven't seen such widespread power outages amongst our customers and residents, however, we've got some major intersections that are down right now and, you know, the p
responder during hurricane irene. >> on saturday, gov. christie declared a state of emergency in anticipation of the devastating weather hurricane sandy is expected to bring. >> the tsunami warning ny has been downgraded to advisory. it appears it has -- it appears hawaii has escaped serious damage. -- the tsunami warning in hawaii has been downgraded to an advisory. the waves were smaller than predicted. no major damage was reported. tune into wbal at 9:00 tonight for conditions and emergency response. we will continue the coverage following sunday night football for an early morning updates, we're scheduled to begin at 4:00 a.m.. coming up, we will update you on the status of hurricane sandy. so anyway, i've been to a lot of places. you know, i've helped a lot of people save a lot of money. but today...( sfx: loud noise of metal object hitting the ground) things have been a little strange. (sfx: sound of piano smashing) roadrunner: meep meep. meep meep? (sfx: loud thud sound) what a strange place. geico®. fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more on car insuran
are keeping a close eye on sandy, including those on the garden state. chris christie has declared a state of emergency there. he's ordered all casinos in atlantic city, to shut down by tomorrow afternoon. meanwhile, in new york, they're taking a wait and see approach. officials will decide sometime tomorrow about whether to shut down the subways, bridges and tunnels. >> doug, what do you have to say? what are we facing? >> we're facing a big thing. up toward new england, they're talking about new jersey and new york city. new york city could be facing problems. i don't think we're going to see the worst of the storm surge. they could see record level storm surge. that could mean water in the subways. we're going to see the wind here, we're going to see very heavy rain. once again, for us. it's the power outages that we should be most concerned about. let's show you what we're doing outside right now. beautiful shot as we look toward the kennedy center this evening. it's been a great day. we saw sunshine. and we saw something that a lot of people were tweeting me about, and facebooking tod
, chris christie has said don't be stupid, get out now and saying the coastal areas, many have indicate need are st the ultimate in selfish and stupid acts from the governor of new jersey who is saying that obligates personnel to come to their rescue and risk their lives. now, janice dean, what are we seeing? >> it is moving quicker and now we will see advisories every hour. and i expect landfall in the next hour or so, so, maybe during the slow and well bring you the latest. we have a new traffic before 5:00 p.m., but still moving quickly at 28 miles per hour to the northwest so it will make a quicker landfall than expected. 55 miles per hour southeast of cape may and the barometer is, really, unheard of, 940 millibars for the strongest hurricane ever to move into the region. and still 90 miles per hour hurricane. there is the satellite imagery and the center is right there, east of cape may, we think the center will come on shore in the next hour or so, with landfall in the 5:00 p.m. hour as a category one hurricane and the north side of the storm is what will pile up all the water, t
. >> if you want to know how close the coordination has been, listen to new jersey governor chris christie. >> i've been in touch with president obama this afternoon. the president called me at about 2:15 this afternoon. it was just the two of us on the phone. we had a good conversation. the president wanted to know if we had everything that we needed to be able to respond to the storm. i told him we did. we wanted to check on the level of cooperation with fema, i said it was excellent. he said if at any point over the next 48 hours, i was not getting from the federal government i should call him directly at the white house and had he was going to be there. and that i should just not worry about dealing with anybody else. just call him. >> president obama was quick to point out the response is part of the normal government operations. it's not a reflection of the current election climate. >> i am not worried at this point about the impact on the election. i'm worried about the impact on families and i'm worried about the impact on our first responders. i'm worried about the impact on our e
miles west of new york city. new jersey governor chris christie repeatedly warned people about the potential dangers earlier. >> i'm very disappointed some didn't listen to my order and i'm concerned it might lead to loss of life. >> reports of homes flooded under several feet of water and several rescues are under way, including those stranded in their cars. in their cars, can you imagine, trying to escape. >> i'm scared to death. so many people are going to die today. >> authorities are working to evacuate hundreds of areas. west atlantic city, hundreds of people there where waters are dangerously high. >> let's check in with emergency crews in new jersey. joining us on the phone, jenry paul emergency director from morris county, new jersey. update us on the latest. how many people without power. what are you able to do? what kind of assistance can you provide? >> we have a significant power issue going on as long as the strong winds that have hit us here. currently we have 163,000 at 9:09 without power so about 83% of the service -- power service dliry in our county without
the government of new jersey, governor chris christie scolded those who ignored any kind of mandatory evacuation orders. here he was. >> but there are some towns in the atlantic and ocean counties that are only 50% evacuated from reports that i've gotten. i read some joker in the newspaper this morning saying i've never run away -- in his fatigues saying he's never run away from one of these, he won't now. well, you might wind up under it, not running away from it. this is not a time to be a show-off. >> chris christie this afternoon. i want to go straight to new jersey to maggie lee. she's in asbury park for us, on this mandatory evacuation list. i can see the rain, see that that wind there, maggie. tell me where you are and how bad it is from what you can tell. >> reporter: that's right, brooke. we are on the boardwalk just the shadows of the historic convention center here in asbury park. if we could swing around, this is exactly what governor christie is concerned about. we have a family out here who came to the boardwalk to check it out despite the fact there are police riding up and down,
took a hard hit. many people in atlantic city chose not to evacuate and chris christie called out the mayor there for testimonying -- telling people it was okay to stay and not evacuate. chris christy said it was the wrong thing to do. if things are bad in new jersey he is prepared to sign a executive order to reschedule halloween for the kids of new jersey. >> we'll go to maria molina who is looking at the weather that has come and the weather in front ofulse. a major transformer blast. this picture said it all. check out the big apple left in the dark. in the bottom that is manhattan before and after the outrage. con ed said it could be a week before the repairs are made. maria? >> good morning, good to see you. impacts from sandy and the storm has weakened with maximum sustained winds at 90 miles per hour. and the center is 90 miles west of the philadelphia. the danger is not over. apart from the damage and flood water in new york city and down in new jersey, people will head out of doors and at some point today. there could be live wires and you can't see what is in the flood
atlantic to the midwest. and it is not over yet. >> new jersey governor chris christie with us. our john miller is live in the nypd emergency command center. >> we begin this morning with a look at today's eye opener your world in 90 seconds. >> we knew this would be a great dangerous storm and the storm met our expectations. >> new york city is under sea right now. >> storm of the century. >> sandy slams into the northeast leaving millions ofle without power. at least 16 people dead. >> damage estimates are in the billions up and down the east coast. water rushing into the battery tunnel as well as lower manhattan. >> massive fire already decide dozens of homes in queens. >> nyu hospital forced to evacuate. everybody is rolling up their leaves and pitching in. >> land city the storm wiping out a huge section of the historic boardwalk. >> a giant crane snapped. that's a crane that's still dangles over streets of new york city. >> facade after building crashed into a street. >> oh, my gosh. we can set up offices inside a restaurant. police officer came by and tol
knocked me into the water. that's what we were dealing with last night. and again, governor chris christie not happy with the mayor here in atlantic city, lorenzo langford. in a press conference yesterday evening he was intimating that he gave people permission to stay. he was flabbergasted that one of the shelters was a block away from the water. the hotel to my last is the sheridan. that's where i stayed last night. some families thought they could ride it out, realized they could not. they ended up at the sheridan here. there were a lot of families, dogs and that's what was going on. as i'm walking to my room, people are hanging out in lobbies, talking, commiserating. a few dogs growling and banking at each other. that became the new normal here in atlantic city and i'm sure other places as well. >> mike galanos for us this morning. watching what's happening in atlantic city. we'll be seeing what the damage is this morning when the sun comes up. thank you, mike. appreciate it. >>> let's get right to zoraida sambolin at the time warner center. >>> we'll start with the crane here. take a
and thursday state of virginia. >> what's interesting, we heard from chris christie earlier today, praising the president for the way he's been handling the storm. we know christie's one of romney's top supporters. what political impact does it have when you have one of romney's guys giving a pat on the back during this time? >> reporter: chris christie is known for candor. he doesn't give a damn about politic, not what he cares about right now. this kind of candor's generally served mitt romney well since christie's softened romney in certain times, humanized him in other times. the candor may have helped the president. listen to what christie told nbc this morning. >> on the phone at midnight last night with the president personally. he hasek pedestriexpedited new disaster area. i was on the phone with fema 2:00 a.m. to answer questions they needed answered to get that designation. and the president has been outstanding in this. >> reporter: now it's not like new jersey's a battleground state but to have a high-profile republican praise the president and the federal response, that can't b
was incredibly desire and last night governor chris christie made harsh words about those who chose not to evacuate. and saying the mayor had gone rogue and heeded people that can't need to heed. christie saying if you were stranded in atlantic city, you had to wait until daylight to be rescued. they just could not send emergency responders. and you can tell by the fact that even two dozen people who were at shelters had to be evacuated from the shelters because the flooding and the situation there got so bad. now of course overall, we'll have to wait until daylight for the damage lear to be assessed. we have high tide in just a few more hours which could possess more flooding risk, but people think the swors ovworst is over. >> we're glad you're still safe there. 8:37 is high tide and that is expected to bring more concerns about flooding. we'll check back in with her later this morning. the new york stock exchange and nasdaq will both be completely shut down for a second day in a row. the bond markets are closed today, as well. futures are continuing to trade. those prices will be
recommended for residents in flood-prone areas. chris christie said don't try to be a hero tomorrow. if you haven't gotten out, you need to get out within the next five to six hours. they're not messing around. >> exactly. a lot of people are heeding the warnings we've talked to today. they are getting out of these mandatory evacuated areas. you know what? they believe this could be the real deal, an appetizer, a taste of it today at least in the seabright area, a little north of where we are today, it was high tide earlier this morning and they saw one of their rivers come up over its banks and they saw the flooding potential that could happen there, and that's before the main course happens tomorrow when hurricane sandy is expected to come ashore when there's expected to be that storm surge of 4 to 8 feet of a flood coming over right around where we're standing, below where we're standing. we are seeing a lot of people heed the warnings. we also saw a lot of people boarding up their businesses, especially in seabright, putting up sandbags. i spoke with one store owner who has only been in
surge just encompassed. >> they got everybody out of there. christie was threatening to beat them up personally in they didn't leave. they got everybody out. we didn't hear of any deaths in atlantic city. in fact, new york city had a lot more death than atlantic city. >> 18. >> you couldn't evacuate new york city. it's gotham. 8-millimeter -- 8 million people. they did get people out of low lying. here because of the dependence on mass transit and all of the people living so so close together that lower manhattan, here is christie touring jersey. let's segway into lower manhattan. the hudson river now comes across on to the island of manhattan, correct? >> yeah. the hudson river on one side and east river on the other side. both of those rivers came on shore in lower manhattan. manhattan didn't get the worst of the wind. there was a 62 mile-per-hour wind gust with not a lot of rain. and what happened was the storm surge came on to quickly that it caught so many people off guard. and it was the highest that has ever been recorded. the last time it was anywhere near that was back in 18
also fanned out across atlantic city. and governor chris christie had some harsh words for the city's mayor for failing to order evacuations. >> many people said to us no, the mayor said we can stay here. i mean those are the kind of mixed messages that at their worst moment can cost lives. >> we had waves as high as the light poles down on the boardwalk. >> experts put a price tag on $10 billion to $20 billion for sandy and that makes it one of the most expensive in history. >>> sandy helped trigger a huge snowstorm further inland. at least two feet of snow fell in west virginia and tennessee and north carolina. storm caused several accidents and left many stranded on roads and thousands without power. a winter storm warning remains in effect for those areas until tonight. so we know it could have been a lot worse around here topper? >> last year we had a snowstorm on this date pretty much. not much downtown but 10-inches in the northern burrens. >> that's nothing like what we saw yesterday. >> this was incredible and you know i think in some ways we were lucky. i mean we had 60, 7
. governor chris christie, you heard him a little bit earlier. he said in some parts of atlantic city flooding is up to five feet. and also we heard from public safety director william glass who said the entire city of atlantic city is under water. the damage already worse than 1962 on the flooding side there. take a look at this picture from nbc 10's ted greenberg. parts of atlantic city boardwalk broken and floating down the street. that's from earlier this morning. we talked to all the casino operators from there on the boardwalk but still have no comment from them and their operations and how they will continue following this storm. long beach island is a popular vacation spot for wall street. nearly completely flooded right now. the ocean and the bay close to meeting in long beach island. let's also think about when this high tide is expected to hit later today. you can see the wind is picking up and the rain is picking up. we expect this to take place throughout the afternoon, guys. we will have more from cape may as we have it but you can see the storm is definitely ramping up.
power for ten to 15 days. and governor chris christie is worried. >> general new jersey. if it looks stupid it is stupid. >> reporter: they're driving to the east coast in front of sandy's wrath. how bad could it be? believe it or not, this guy thinks he has an idea. a researcher at johns hopkins, he's predicted how many of us may lose power. remember, irene left 7 million without power. >> our model suggest 10 million. >> reporter: roughly 10 million without power for a week or more. if 50 million feel the effect of this, 1 in 5, could be without electricity. a very big storm coming our way. >> that's an unbelievable number. >>> we'll go back out to sam champion in new york city, in preparations under way for how this city, the largest city in the country, would deal with hurricane sandy. >> bianna, you know, we have seen storms move up this coastline and breeze by new york. only one hurricane in recent memory irene made a move to this city and the city got ready for it. forecasters are being careful to let folks know right away that this storm has more strong effects than irene may
stop to focus on relief efforts. how are the campaigns changing sandy. christie, a democratic strategist and cathy republican strat yist and author of 52 reasons not to vote for obama. christie, starting with you, it is obvious that early voting favors democrats in a big way and today the governor cancelled early voting and don't be surprised if it happens again tomorrow. >> it is not helpful to our side. but the ramification. storm impact will not only be felt today or this week but through election day as well we don't know all of the chaos that will ensue. it will affect both people who can't get to the polls polling places and voters that don't have power. we don't know who is really going to be hurt by it. >> steve: no matter means no tv ads and for poem who vote both campaigns are trying to get their message out in the week or so. no one will so that? >> in theory that hurts president obama's opportunities but where he has an opportunity to look presidential and there is it a natural disaster. and difficult for romny to grab air time. newspaper and radios and they will g
. want to bring the governor on governor chris christie is talking about what more needs to be done. >> we need people to stay off the road. motor heists should check 511-nj.org for up to the minute information on road closures. we'll talk about the power situation. right now state-wide, these are approximate numbers, everybody. they're approximate numbers. 35,000 people state-wide without power. 21,000 of those are the atlantic city electric area. 13,000 from jcp & l and about 1,000 for psg & e from orange and rockland county company. bpu is working to assist after the industries obtain the needed approvals for essential sji employees and subcontractors to access atlantic city many support of the combined heat and power generation units servicing revel and borgada, and we're also monitoring the utility companies' efforts to open stage and housing areas to accommodate the thousands of outside crews and their heavy equipment that are migrating into the state to assist in our recovery efforts and that stuff has already begun. currently there's 15 staging areas that set up around the s
buildings and stranded many motorists. new jersey's governor, chris christie, weighing in on the damage earlier today. >> i will first say to all of you, especially those out there facing loss, devastation, and heartbreaking reality your home may be gone, we're with you. we have a long road ahead of us but i have complete confidence we're going to come out of this better and stronger than before. this state is too tough to give into this type of devastation. jenna: we're still getting a look at some of that devastation in new jersey. across the river in new york city, much of lower manhattan was plunged into darkness as the storm closed in on the city last night. it hurled a record-breaking 13 foot storm surge into the southern tip of the island right where jon was standing yesterday. we'll show you his shot yesterday in a little bit to show you exactly what this looked like. basically in lower manhattan the world's financial capital, was submerged and water was sent pouring into the subway system which is not operating today. as cleanup efforts get underway the national guard is headed
in ohio, the president in new jersey with the governor of new jersey, chris christie, touring parts of that state. and here in brigantine, north of atlantic city, he spoke to firefighters and other people as well. this is about 20 minutes. >> good afternoon, everybody. i want to thank the members are here and i want to thank the president. we spent a significant afternoon to get there surveying the damage up and down a coastline. we were able to show the president that personally. we had an opportunity to discuss it. and over to the shelter and meet with folks and have them see the president and his concern all of us have for making sure that things get back to normal as quickly as possible. we have a lot of challenges. things we need to do to make sure we get power restored as quickly as possible, that people have clean water, hospitals are taking care of things they need to when we get kids back to school. i discussed all those issues with the president and i am pleased to report he has sprung into action immediately to give us those things while we were in a car together. i want
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